As summer comes to an end my tomato plants are thriving and full of delicious ripe sweet pop open in your mouth with incredible flavor goodness. Every morning I walk through the garden and harvest these delicious tomatoes, or shall I say try to harvest. I never usually make it back into the kitchen without eating most of them. I love this about having a garden, feels earthy, grounding and wholesome to me to be able to do this. Anyways, the reason I want to share this with you is not only to encourage you to grow a garden, but also to share the health benefits of these lovely fruits of summer, and there are many!
Today, tomatoes are considered one of the most important nonstarchy vegetable in the American diet. They offer significant nutritional advantages, including providing a great source of dietary lycopene and other potent carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber in a low energy dense food. Emerging research underscores the relationship between consuming tomatoes and tomato products with reduced risk of certain cancers, heart disease, ultraviolet light–induced skin damage, osteoporosis, and other conditions.
So start your plot of garden for next year now!
Although lycopene has been the extensively investigated part from the tomato, the evidence suggests that consuming the whole tomatoes and tomato products is the best way to go and highly recommended. As the Dr in The Kitchen, I always think nature has its own incredible wisdom, and that goes for the tomatoes of this world as well. Not only do we want to eat the lycopene but we want all of the tomatoes’ goodness, the potassium, the vitamins, the minerals. The whole tomato has more whole health advantages!
Toss em in your salad, add some tomato paste or fresh ones to your soups, make some fresh bruschetta or salsa…In the end just eat em and enjoy!
Bruschetta and salsa recipes: